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So, trying to please Academic Ronin, I gather up some rifles, a box to use as a prop, and the camera. And I take some pictures. Then I put everything away, sit down at the computer, pull the SD card and slap it into the machine. And pull over the pictures and open them up in Photoshop.

Only to find I should have looked at the pictures as I took them.  The Nikon can do that.  Because, well, I fiddled with settings a couple of weeks ago, trying to better understand what the camera was capable of.  

What I neglected to do was reset to my normal defaults.

Or look at the pictures on the camera before I put everything away.


I got some pretty pictures, though.  Like this one.



Dang: almost like a pen and ink drawing. I can see where that might be useful.
 Very artistic. It looks like a page from a graphic novel.
Very, very artsy.  Would be nice if printed out at about 24" x 30" and framed.  You could hang it in an art gallery, or even some liberal lefty hangout where it would not be seen as threatening at all, but simply "art."

If you told them it was  a M1867 Danish rolling block, M1879 Trapdoor Springfield, a Werndl, and a Snider they would stare at you blankly, but if explained those are evil old "assault rifles" then they would be aghast.
Print that on a nice exhibition fiber paper, mat and frame it and you could sell it in Sedona.
Thanks for taking the time to do this. I agree, it is artsy/purty. Also, I like the sub-text: four different solutions to the problem of getting a few more years (actually decades) of life out of exisiting stocks of obsolete weapons, and the transition from muzzle loading to cartridge service rifles.
A very nice study in form, line, and hue. The soothing pastels muting the harsh lines and functionality of the subjects. All in all a very pleasing and well balanced composition.
 Nice solarisation!  Surely the Rolling Blocks were new builds versus the conversion status of the others.  A blacksmith's tweak to the hammer and a new breech shoe and voila - a bit more life out of the lock stock and barrel.
It is true that the M1867 Danish rolling blocks were new contruction entirely, but the earliest U.S. rolling block rifles were .58 caliber conversions, basically made by cutting out the lock and stock at the breech area, threading the barrel and screwing it into a new made (by Remington) action.  The early rolling block carbines ("split breech" in .46 and .50 caliber) were all new made, as were the USN M1867 and 1870 familes.  However, in a fit of thrifitness, 100 of the USN M1870 rifles were converted to .22 rimfire for gallery practice in 1889.
What were you using for a camera?
 Nikon D5100, "effects" setting.
 Nikon D5100, "effects" setting.
Those are better than the pic I took of the kids at the cannon first time I was at the Castle. Those really got washed out. neat effects, though.
Sir, Ah, yes. The voice of command echoing in the hall. There is a D5100 in the pubs locker here. There is a setting that saves the photo you took and the "raw data" as two separate files. This will allow you to recover the aw shucks accidents.
Splap on a few "Hello Kitties" and it won't be a complete waste!